GUWAHATI: Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) confirmed that the five youths who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Subansiri district earlier were found in Chinese territory.
All of them were reprotedly went missing and suspected to have been kidnapped by Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Sharing the development Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju tweeted: “China’s PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found by their side.”
He also said that further modalities to handover the persons to our authority were being worked out.
On Sunday, the minister who also hails from Arunachal Pradesh had said that the Indian Army has already sent a hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh.
Hours later Rijiju informed about the hotline message, China state-affiliated media Global Times quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian saying, “China has never recognized so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’, which is China’s south Tibet region, and we have no details to release yet about the question on Indian army sending a message to PLA about five missing Indians in the region.”
On Monday, Assam MP from Kaliabor Gaurav Gogoi has sought the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s immediate intervention in the alleged abduction case by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The development was believed to be vital as tension between the two Asian giants escalated when the PLA on Tuesday claimed that Indian troops had fired warning shots, prompting it to “take counter-measures to stabilise the situation on the ground” at Pangong Tso in Ladakh.
However, the Indian Army said at no stage had it “transgressed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing”.